come the old soldier


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come the old soldier

To use one's age as a way to mislead someone or avoid doing something. Oh, Grandpa, I know you're strong enough to help move these boxes—don't come the old soldier with me!
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come (or play) the old soldier

use your greater age or experience of life to deceive someone or to shirk a duty. informal
In US nautical slang a soldier or an old soldier was an incompetent seaman.
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